£40+cut+razor beard shave+2 washes+hot face towels twice+arm,shoulder,neck massage...+a Turkish coffee and Turkish delight=awesome
Need to pamper yourself or feel that your other (male) half needs some pampering? - Well, let me tell you that the Ottoman Lounge at Ted's Grooming Room is the perfect place to accomplish that task: a hot-towel shave, a manicure, a massage, a haircut, a facial...and all that topped off with Turkish coffee (or beer) and the friendly banter of the entirely Turkish staff?
I've been a fan of the Turkish shave for a while now and while I typically go to my trusted local barber in Dalston, I figured that I should go and treat myself to something special...and the Ottoman Lounge seemed to be the perfect fit for that! I made an appointment online and I was surprised that I was even able to choose the barber. I went for Ergun Ottoman (I think the name is a coincidence) and I seem to have made the right choice...read on!
When I arrived at Ted's Grooming Room on a cold autumn Saturday morning, I was greeted by the hustle and bustle of a really busy barber shop. Every seat in the upstairs salon was taken and there was at least one person waiting in line for each of the chairs. But...my quest let me downstairs into the Ottoman Lounge. There I was welcomed by the hostess; she took my coat and offered me a Turkish coffee, which I gladly accepted. (I could've also taken a beer, but it seemed a bit early for that ;-)
While I was waiting for my turn, I was able to watch the barbers do their business on my "predecessors". I was especially mesmerised by one barber who treated his client with the utmost grace: the scissor moved along elegantly, the shave was done in a very professional manner and while he was clipping away at the client's hair, a woman sat down next to them and he received a manicure. Turns out the barber was Ergun - my barber! I had only signed up for the shaving package (Shaving Grace), but in retrospect I really should've opted for the manicure as well; this would've been an additional charge of £12. (Which seems to be a reasonable price for London.)
All in all, I'm very happy with my experience at the Ottoman Lounge - I definitely left the place with high spirits and a cheek smooth like a baby's butt!
PS: If you're looking for a more simple haircut and shave, I suggest to simply use the upstairs barber shop.
Went yesterday and left very impressed and completely satisfied.
When you go in, you're handed a queue number and told that you're free to pop out and your place in the queue will still be maintained. You then get to sit in an extremely plush and comfortable chair and are offered a beverage while you wait. I went for water myself but they had a full range of soft drinks and Efes beer as well (Not sure if they charge extra for alcohol but I definitely got the impression that it's included). There were only 2 other people ahead of me and 4 stylists yet the wait was around 30 odd minutes. Mostly because they really take their time when you're actually in the hot seat so that's a good thing.
I believe all the staff are Turkish (or at least the great majority are, and my stylist certainly was), and they're all incredibly friendly and helpful. Anyway, when it was finally my turn I told the guy what I wanted and he got to it pretty efficiently. Another staff member came around at some point with a jug of some cock tail which they were offering everyone (I believe it was Sangria).
Haircut was thorough including fully shaving the back of the neck, scraping above the ears etc... He even trimmed my nose hair and did this thing where he lit some wax thingy on fire and burnt off extra hairs on my ears. There was of course a wash (+head massage) pre/post cut, and a full range of styling products available. In my book, the whole experience was phenomenal value for £24.5 (this is of course wholly subjective but I certainly would be willing to pay £30 ish for it) and I can't see myself getting my hair cut anywhere but here for the foreseeable future.
I've been to this location a few times, a big fan. The guys are friendly and professional and the haircut is top notch.
I don't mind waiting when I drop in, the seats are comfortable with papers to read and they offer you a beer or coffee.
What an amazing experience. Five full stars and worth every penny. I had "The Full Ted " for 42.50. Amazing hair cut, beard trim , shave, massage, and conversation. As as American traveling on business I needed a good cut so I could look fresh for the office on Monday. Ted's delivered. Easily the highlight of my entire weekend.
A simpe shave. A simple haircut. Or a full shave, haircut and massage. Stunningly modern luxurious barbers, great drinks on offer, excellent Turskish barbers. Thoroughly welcoming environment. And exceptionally competitively priced. Cannot recommend it enough. They have a new regular customer in me!
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